Tinker Bell Cast in Wax

In celebration of the release of her first animated feature, iconic pixie Tinker Bell was immortalized in wax at the world-famous Madame Tussauds in London on Monday. The smallest figure in the history of the legendary waxworks was inducted two weeks after the DVD and Blu-ray debut of the CG fairytale adventure Tinker Bell.

The Tinker Bell statuette stands, or rather sits just five and a half inches tall. Studying hundreds of drawings, 3D photos and footage from the new movie, Madame Tussauds artists had to adjust their techniques to accurately capture the tiny fairy’s appearance and personality. The process began with the sculpting of clay figure, from which a wax mould was created. Hair and color artists then took another four to six weeks to add fine details to the wax figurine. Ten layers of oil paints were used to build up color and give translucency to the skin tones. She is featured in her leafy-green fairy dress complete with delicate wings.

Anchoring the new ‘Disney Fairies’ series of animated movies, Tinker Bell marks the first time fans get to hear the iconic character actually speak. Tink is voiced by Mae Whitman, who replaced Brittany Murphy (King of the Hill), one of many changes that came about when John Lasseter assumed oversight of the pic. The star-studded voice cast also includes America Ferrara, Raven-Symone, Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu and Anjelica Huston.